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About Service Requests and Trouble Tickets in Siebel Energy
Service requests and trouble tickets are managed through the Service Requests and Trouble Tickets screens.
Service requests and trouble tickets perform similar functions. The main differences are:
- Trouble tickets functionality supports parent-child relationships
- Trouble tickets are typically used to record and track problems with the functioning of services and networks, whereas service requests are typically used to record and track general customer problems and requests. Examples of general problems and requests are billing problems, requests for new equipment, and requests for billing statements.
Initiation of Service Requests and Trouble Tickets
Service requests and trouble tickets may be initiated in several ways:
- A customer calls the call center to report a problem with the phone line.
- A network outage management system that is integrated with Siebel Energy automatically creates a trouble ticket record in the Siebel Energy database.
- Agents can reassign service requests and trouble tickets to other groups or individuals for resolution. Alternatively, agents can break a service request or trouble ticket down into different activities, which can be assigned to different owners. In this case, the agent can monitor progress towards completion of the activities and close the service request or trouble ticket.
Creation of Service Requests and Trouble Tickets
Service requests and trouble tickets can be created within Siebel Energy or moved into Siebel Energy by:
- Customers using Siebel eService
- Customers and partners using an Automated Call Distributor (ACD)
- Call center agents responding to phone calls or email from customers
- NOC agents responding to network problems
- Automated network outage management systems that are integrated with Siebel Energy
Trouble Ticket Referral
Trouble tickets can be referred from Siebel Energy to trading partner software through integration with an electronic bonding gateway, using Siebel eBusiness Application Integration (eAI).
Additional Information on Service Requests
The remainder of this chapter describes trouble ticket management. For more information about service requests, see Siebel Field Service Guide and Applications Administration Guide.